(Emailed July 11, 2008)
Dear Senator McCain:
From the news I see you visited the Basilica of Our
Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico and were shown her image, something Iíve a
particular interest in and have written about. I have a large copy of
her image in a frame in my home. Her feast day is Dec. 12th, and itís
interesting to me that the election of 2000 was settled on that day.
I saw the picture of the Monsignor discussing details
of the image with you, your wife Cindy and Sen. Lieberman. While not
identified, Iíd guess that Jeb Bush was also pictured. Senator, I
appreciated your attentive demeanor before the image and thank you for
the roses you brought. I was glad you received a blessing and was
pleased to read that your wife bowed her head with her eyes closed while
you received it. If that was the original image you were looking at,
that was quite a privilege. Perhaps this was a special moment of grace
for you, where the mother of Jesus wished to convey her sentiments on
life and love to your heart.
I donít know what the Monsignor told you as to detail,
but Iíd like to share something about it in case he may not have covered
this point. The dark tie beneath her hands afold, has a special meaning.
I was told in Mexico it signifies, ďElla esta encinta.Ē(In English,
ďSheís with child.Ē) Of course the child sheís bearing is Jesus.
In contemplating that, it should signify to a Christian
that Jesus was once Our embryonic Savior and the fetal Son of God. This
was the way He came into the world. In the Blessed Virginís womb, He
never was not God. He was a Being both God and human.
You can easily read into the image the making of a
human being united to God. There is dignity there. This says something
about how we are made. While humans cooperate, lawfully or not, we are
made by God and at conception our souls are knit with a destiny yon.
It has relevance to help clarify the confusion that
surrounds not only abortion, but embryonic stem cell research today,
where some have been misled into believing itís permissible. This may be
partly the fault of some misinformation put out that conception begins
at implantation, and not at the very beginning of life. Once a child is
conceived, the womb becomes his or her own sovereign space, a kind of
enclave not to be aggressed upon from without. For the woman, the embryo
is not part of her, but a being apart from her.
Many may not realize the equivalency of embryonic stem
cell research to abortion: this research destroys a human life already
started, no matter how tiny or undeveloped, and in effect, it
cannibalizes its cells for others. We cannot destroy one person to help
Science tells us that the reproductive cells contain 23
chromosomes, half the ordinary complement of 46 found in the other cells
of the body. At conception the reproductive cells join together, and
when this single cell divides, it divides into cells of 46 chromosomes.
The genes in the chromosomes are aligned in pairs, one from the mother
and one from the father, a genetic arrangement differing from either
parent. You have the commencement of another and a new life.
God will not bless America for abortion or things akin
to it. Iím afraid weíre vulnerable to chastisement, if it isnít already
happening as a warning, through the economy and the weather, lesser ways
than what could or may yet occur.
The colonial leader George Mason said this on August
22nd, 1787, during the debates of the federal convention: "Every master
of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of Heaven on a
country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world,
they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects,
Providence punishes national sins by national calamities." I believe we
must seriously consider this when thinking about the problems of today.
Insofar as humans affect the course of events, God could and may let us
to punish ourselves through our decisions and votes.
If you win I will look to you as the captain of the
ship, on the bridge to steer it through troubled waters. Being on a ship
is something Iím a little familiar with, as I was a sailor aboard the
USS Piedmont (AD-17) and also served at CinCPacFlt PIO. I was at Pearl
Harbor when Adm. Arthur Radford was there and saw President Truman when
he came through Hawaii, the time he met Gen. MacArthur at Wake Island.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is called the Protectoress of the
Unborn. May she guide and inspire you in your decisions. Whatever your
point of view before, ask her to intercede with her Son to assist you
with grace, to protect the unborn without exception and to actively
support the prolife plank of your partyís platform, which represents a
moral tone for our time, and in a way, stands like a beacon in the
God bless and protect you and your wife.
Best wishes, John Riedell